Posts Tagged ‘Makeup For Ever’

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Brush with Disaster… All My Brushes Are Missing!

I’m embarrassed to even type these words, but… I lost my makeup brush roll. How does such a thing happen?  It’s my own fault for separating my brushes from my makeup case when I foolishly decided my finely curated brush collection had outgrown the confines of the makeup case pocket.  I’m pretty sure I left the brush roll in wine country, but no one has found them.   Now I’m left hopeless — applying velvety shadows with fingertips, attempting to bronze with a sponge (hello drag queen cheeks), and blending with tissues (lots and lots of blending).

It’s tough for me to take the first step and begin replacing my coveted brush collection, even if my new method of makeup application leaves me looking like “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”  I’ll tell you my problem right now… I loved my brushes for the obvious reasons — quality, longevity, feel, etc.  But it also took me years of buying tons of expensive brushes I never ended up using to whittle down to my dream team.  Those poor brushes are probably crying in a trashcan somewhere in Napa, drunk off the drops of the near-empty wine bottles, wondering where their Mommy is… Okay maybe I’m being creepy, but they are my babies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sparkle Motion for New Year’s Eve!

I should have included “in moderation” in my headline.  A little too much sparkle can go very wrong, very quickly.   Let’s talk about how old you are…

Teens:  Glitter is your friend. You are young enough to get away with it, so look like Edward from Twilight tonight and go crazy.  Seriously, if I were 20 years younger, I would apply a neutral like Revlon Diamond Lust in Bedroom Bronze all over my lid and then dip a Q-tip in lash gel (for falsies) or vaseline and trace my lash line.  Then, I would pull out the big guns and dip a Q-tip or flat-tipped brush in drugstore glitter pat it on, or if I had been saving my pennies, I would invest in MAKE UP FOR EVER Glitter in Blue 5 or Purple 9.  If I were 17, I would also be all about the glitter gloss, so I would coat my lips with LA Color lip gloss (I could mix every color since they are only $2 each).

Twenties: Ladies, sparkle responsibly here. If you’re under 25, go bolder. If you’re over 25, your cuspy for the full-on glitter (even for New Year’s).  After 25, the size of the glitter gets smaller and more milled.  Your best bet, regardless of which side of 25 you’re on is MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Powder.  I’ll let Sephora explain,  ”Diamond Powder combines both the pearly iridescence of Star Powder and the brightness of Glitter. The particles are finer and literally radiate extreme brilliance as soon as they are applied.”   I would use these powders as a wash over my entire lid, to line my upper and lower lash lines, and to highlight cheekbones and brow bones, and dab at the center of my cupid’s bow.

Thirties: This is when we transition away from glitter and think shimmer.  Maria was generous enough to  give me the Vincent Longo Amaretti Diamond Collection baked eyeshadow set for the holidays. These shadows are gorgeous and perfect for creating a shimmery smokey eye.  Just like their website instructs, use a sponge tip applicator (like the ones you always throw away) or a Q-tip  (in case you’re like me and you did throw them all away) and draw a line on your upper lash line with one of the darker colors.  It’s okay if your line is a bit messy, because you are going to use a small blending brush or the side of a flat-tipped brush to blend the line upwards towards your crease.  This gives it that gradual fade. Then, I may smudge a little into my lower lash line, depending on how dramatic I’m feeling.  I will finish off with dipping my ring finger in the copper leaf shadow and pressing it into the inner corners of my eyes.

Forties and Beyond: Okay ladies, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know here (and I apologize if this is harsh), but glitter and shimmer may not be age appropriate unless done subtly, VERY subtly.  What I consider subtle… taking a nice neutral shimmer like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash in Champagne or Rose Gold and applying it with a large eye shadow brush as a wash over your entire lid.  Then, add a cream highlighter like Urban Decay Urbanglow  to your brow bone (to open your eyes and make them pop) and  from your temples to the center of your cheeks (to highlight cheekbones) and BLEND.

Don’t hesitate to break my age barriers and combine some of the tips above (just keep in mind, the older you are, the more dangerous sparkle becomes).

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy 2012!!  SPARKLE ON!

P.S. Lisi, I hope you appreciated my Donny Darko reference

Photo via Sing Lo

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Black-Tie Makeover to Cure Your Case of the Mondays

I was invited by my CEO to attend a fancy-schmancy awards dinner. This was definitely a first (in fact I thought I had gotten the invitation in error) and I was in panic mode over what to wear.  I decided a on a gorgeous little black lace number , matched them with my patent Louboutins, and made an appointment to get my hair blown out.

Maria looked at the dress and said, “So what are you going to do about makeup?” I told her I hadn’t really thought about it. She gave me the look like she just smelled a guy wearing Drakkar.  “So let me get this straight… You get invited to a black tie dinner with our CEO and a bunch of senior management and you haven’t given your makeup any thought??”  I saw her point.

She generously volunteered her efforts to make me black-tie ready.  She used the Amore Pacific Foundation (of course) to make my skin flawless.  She literally made my bags disappear with AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer in ”Fair”, and  then used a little By Terry Touch-Expert to touch up and cover redness around my nose.  She bronzed me with Benefit Hoola and put Tarte Cheek Stain in Tickled on the apples of my cheeks.

She used Make Up For Ever Matte Flesh 156 all over my eye area, then used Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow in Champagne, and then used some brown shades from her kit in my crease.  She lined my eyes in a cat eye starting with Sephora Collection Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner in Keep Black and then went over it and shaped the tail using Paula Dorf Transformer mixed with MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon with a fine eyelining brush. She then used a highlighter from her own kit to highlight under my brow bone.

On my lips I wore Lipstick Queen in Saint Berry mixed with Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.

Thanks to Maria, my makeup and my confidence lasted all night.  I dined with the big boys, held my own, and didn’t bat an eyelash extension all night long.

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